Nerderlands unites Amsterdam’s finest tech communities

First edition of new week-long festival

19 JULY 2016, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Nerderlands is a new festival for the international tech scene. From 15-21 August in Amsterdam the event will connect creative minds with an interest in technology, innovation, and general nerdy fun stuff. This first edition includes over 20 meetups, workshops, and masterclasses organised by Amsterdam-based tech communities.

Amsterdam's tech scene is growing and maturing rapidly, creating fertile ground for cross-overs between communities. A hotbed for innovation, Amsterdam offers ubiquitous WiFi and lots of co-working spaces. Plus, leisurewise, the city’s historic canals and museums are hard to beat. The city's convenient layout allows nerds to easily move between venues and events, enjoying a scenic bike ride or tram ride while they’re at it.

The nerdiest schedule ever
Nerderlands offers meetups, workshops, and masterclasses at various locations - everything to feed the nerdy mind. Some highlights: Eddie Codel (founder of the Flying Robot International Film Festival) will do a talk on drones and show some of his favorite drone films. Niels van Hoorn and Aaron Hillegass (founder of Big Nerd Ranch) will be present at the Cocoaheads meetup. Expect worlds colliding as educational technologist Bill Ferster joins forces with journalist Teun Gautier (founder of De Coöperatie) for a workshop on data driven storytelling, where 25 techies and 25 journalists team up for a data viz challenge. Does it get any nerdier? Yes, it does. Think BBQ’s, drinks, and even leggingless Nerd Yoga.

What communities will be part of the fun?
Amsterdam’s finest tech communities have committed to organising meetups, workshops, and masterclasses at various venues throughout the city. Just check the schedule, take your pick, and get a ticket when needed through the ticket link in the schedule. Some events will be free, others will charge a (small) fee. To keep things simple, there are no expensive all-access tickets. Partners of Nerderlands are:

· Amsterdam Maker Festival

· Ams x Tech

· Big Android BBQ

· CocoaHeadsNL

· Code to Change

· Glimworm

· Lava Lab

· Legal Hackers Amsterdam

· Sensemakers

· Women in Technology

· Q42

· Makerversity

About Nerderlands
Nerderlands is organised by Amsterdam's finest tech communities, in collaboration with local startups and international companies. This first edition is co-produced by Appsterdam and StartupAmsterdam. Nerderlands is an open source concept: all Amsterdam-based tech communities are invited to add their event to the schedule, creating a low-key environment for nerds to mingle and meet. Follow @nrdrlnds on Twitter and Facebook. #Nerderlands

Photo credits header photo: taken at GOTO Amsterdam 2016 by Michael Steindorfer.

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"People have been telling me they need an excuse to come check out the city, but all these cool old buildings make Amsterdam a hard place to host a big conference. It's not that kind of city. It's really about smaller community events happening here all the time. It may be hard to justify flying to a place to attend a meetup—but if it was every meetup, on one schedule, it would be as big as a world expo—just the excuse people need to come check out the community." Mike Lee, Mayor of Appsterdam
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